Get your growler on at BrewDog’s new DogHouse Hotel in Canal Winchester near Columbus.
The hotel welcomes human guests and their canines as well, with several first-floor rooms offering easy access to its adjacent dog park. It’s “the world’s first and only fully-immersive craft beer experience from check-in to check-out,” proclaims BrewDog co-founder James Watt.
While there are other beer-themed hotels in the U.S., few if any can boast rooms overlooking the brewing facility and just-opened sour beer undertaking.
“Who needs an alarm call?” states the company website. “From your room, you can see, hear and smell our sour-beer foeders” and freshly mashed malt. Foeders, large wooden vats normally used to age wine, are now also being utilized to create these unique craft beers, which also are fermented over long periods of time using a variety of bacteria and yeasts.
Along with its U.S. headquarters and brewery, restaurant and wraparound patio bar, BrewDog also has a 6,000-square-foot Beer Museum. Although the displays are mostly geared toward promoting their own products and history, much information can be gleaned about the nuts and bolts of brewing and what makes a great glass of craft beer.
The hotel’s accommodations are far from kennel-like. Its 32 rooms feature beer taps via a personal keg bar (activated once you purchase a BrewDog growler) and two fully stocked beer refrigerators, one of which is built into the shower (the actual shower sprays water). The airy rooms feature gleaming concrete floors, minimalist wood and steel furnishings and exposed light fixtures, with a neon BrewDog sign above the bed. Additional touches include hops-infused soap and shampoo.
This DogHouse was a result of a crowd-funding campaign, which secured more than $300,000 for the hotel, quadrupling the original goal.